December 01, 2010 Edition

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Warren ~ Snow


Earl Daniel Bryant Fern Austin Cox John L. Hickman
Ruth Inez Logan Billy Wayne Mashburn O.C. Pickens Jr.
John Franklin Sain III Charlie Albert Tubbs Edward G. Ward
Floy Beatrice White


Warren ~ Snow

Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Pickney of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Pamela P. Warren of Walnut Ridge, to Gregory M. Snow of Paragould, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Muir Snow, who lived in Detroit, Mich.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Agnes Pickney of Hoxie and the late Ralph Pickney and the late John and Lucille Fears, who lived in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. at the Old Walnut Ridge Baptist Church. A reception will follow in the church's fellowship hall.

All friends and relatives of the couple are invited to attend.

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Earl Daniel Bryant

Earl Daniel Bryant, 69, of Fennville, Mich., brother of Lora Melton of Hoxie, died Nov. 27, 2010, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Ada Ann Sudduth Bryant, formerly of Hoxie. An online guestbook is available at

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Fern Austin Cox

Fern Austin Cox, 97, of Houston, died Aug. 22, 2010, following a long illness.

Born Aug. 6, 1913, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Thomas and Lydia Austin. She was an active member of Oaks Presbyterian Church for many years. She was a volunteer for the Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Alliance (MANNA) and local food pantries in the Houston area.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest Giles Cox; three brothers, Leonard, Shelby and Willis Ray; and two sisters, Neva and Atha.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Cox; a daughter, Patricia Thomas and husband George; a sister, Vera Johnson, Portia; a sister-in-law, Willene Austin, Imboden; a granddaughter, Angela Pennington; and four great-granddaughters.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 28 at Oaks Presbyterian Church with Rev. Noelie Day officiating.

Memorials may be made to Oaks Presbyterian Church or to the Oak Forest Elementary School Library.

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John L. Hickman

John L. Hickman, 79, of Imboden, died Nov. 29, 2010, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 31, 1931, in Bay, he was the son of Gordon and Mildred Smith Hickman. He was a retired farmer and heavy equipment operator. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in the Korean War and a member of the West Ridge Church of Christ in Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Joyce Watts, Betty Adams and Mary Jeter; and a brother, Bobby Hickman.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Wilma Davis Hickman; a son, Gordon Hickman and wife Sharon, Imboden; two daughters, Jonna Kincade, Imboden, and Leslie Fowler and husband Tommy, Jonesboro; a sister, Thresia Coy and husband Bill; four grandchildren, Shelly Murray, Jason Hickman, Jonathan Hickman and Jake Hickman; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Langford-Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Larry Owen officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jason Hickman, Jonathan Hickman, Jake Hickman, Greg Watts, Bill Allen and Clint Pickens. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Spencer, Jordan Pickens, Jeremy Murray, Dirk Allen, Justin Allen and Lathan Watts.

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Ruth Inez Logan

Ruth Inez Logan, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 26, 2010, at Lawrence Hall.

Born Dec. 24, 1918, in Alicia, she was the daughter of J.A. "Jim" and Myrtle Ashby Coker. She was a secretary for Arkansas Power and Light and a member of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge, where she was a member of the choir for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Logan; and three sisters, Opal Shaver, Wanda Moad and Jewel Allen.

Survivors include two sons, Scott Logan and wife Cindy, Walnut Ridge, and Steve Logan and wife Susan, Columbus, Ga.; and four grandchildren, Katie Logan, Chris Logan, Sam Logan and Stuart Logan.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Steve Cook officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Ray Moseley, John Bland, Keith Brand, Alan Brand, Benson Hart and Allen Smith.

Visitation is today from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

Music memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

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Billy Wayne Mashburn

Billy Wayne Mashburn, 56, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., died Nov. 21, at Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital.

He was a truck driver and had lived in Black Rock most of his life before moving to Poplar Bluff a year ago.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lenard Eugene and Delma Christine Stewart Mashburn; two brothers, Jackie Dean Mashburn and Paul Owen Mashburn; and a sister, Wilma Sue Burleson.

Survivors include three daughters, Amy Dickerson and husband Roger, Delaplaine, Holly Mashburn, Doniphan, Mo., and Christina Mashburn, Louisiana; a sister, Doris Dotson, Poughkeepsie; two brothers, William Eugene Mashburn, Bakersfield, Calif., and Ronnie Mashburn, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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O.C. Pickens Jr.

O.C. Pickens Jr., 94, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 22, 2010, at his home.

Born Jan. 5, 1916, at Clover Bend, he was the son of O.C. Sr. and Brilla Croom Pickens. He was a schoolteacher and later worked as a sales manager for various companies. He was the manager of the Pic-Walsh Freight Company in Jonesboro for many years. He was an elder in the Downtown Church of Christ in Jonesboro.

He was a World War II veteran who saw action in many battles, including the Battle of the Bulge.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Hank Pickens, Ebb Pickens and Don Pickens; and a grandson, Stephen McDaniel.

Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Catherine "Toots" Blanton Pickens; two sons, Jim Pickens and wife Sue, Little Rock, and Dick Pickens and wife Paula, Jonesboro; a daughter, Cathy McDaniel and husband Larry, Paragould; a brother, John Pickens, Edmond, Okla.; six grandchildren, Mike Pickens, Sandy Pickens Noble, Karen Pickens Jones, Paul Pickens, John Pickens and Susan McDaniel Brittingham; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Langford-Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Kenneth Gossett and Winston Burton officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Mike Pickens, John Pickens, Paul Pickens, James Brittingham, Keith Noble and Mark Jones.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Homes in Paragould and Morrilton.

An online guestbook is available at

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John Franklin Sain III

John Franklin Sain III, 60, of Iowa died Nov. 29, 2010, at the Jennie Edmondson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife, Romelle Sain; three sons, Frank Sain, Conrad Sain and Shannon Crumpton; two sisters, Sheryl Sain and Ronda Sain Ball; and a brother, Randy Sain.

A memorial service will be held in Walnut Ridge at a later date.

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Charlie Albert Tubbs

Charlie Albert Tubbs, 93, of Swifton, died Nov. 28, 2010.

Born March 25, 1917, he was a World War II Army veteran and a member of Russell Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Tubbs; a son, John Allen Tubbs; two brothers, Garman and Johnny; and two sisters, Fannie and Cynthia.

Survivors include three sons, James Tubbs, Swifton, Johnny Tubbs, Russell, and Hubert Tubbs, Judsonia; a sister, Melissa Fields; eight grandchildren, Kathy, Heather, Cheryl, Shannon, Eric, Andrew, Kyle and Melissa; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport. Burial will be in Ballew's Chapel Cemetery.

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Edward G. Ward

Edward G. Ward, 83, of Batesville, died Nov. 22, 2010, at White River Medical Center.

Born April 4, 1927, in Strawberry, he was the son of Owen C. and Juddie Bennett Ward. He owned a car business in Flint, Mich., for many years, and was a lifetime member of Masonic Lodge No. 23 of Flint and Commercial United Travelers.

He was an entrepreneur and started many businesses in Arkansas, as well as in Missouri and New Mexico. He was a long-time member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Strawberry and attended Fellowship Baptist Church in Batesville.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Delores Lepper.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Alma L. West Ward; two daughters, Jeanette Thompson and husband Patrick, Batesville, and Sherry Ward, Cave Creek, Ariz.; three brothers, Bill Ward, Bald Knob, Charles Tony Ward, Batesville, and Jerry Van Ward, Strawberry; three sisters, Geraldine Poskey, Strawberry, Clella Bellefeuille and husband Bob, Poway, Calif., and Marilyn Adcock and husband Joe, Augusta, Ga.; and two granddaughters, Kimberly Thompson and Tracy Severson.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery at Batesville.

Pallbearers were Gary Poskey, Dennis Ward, Marty Ward, Mitchell Ward, Larry Shaw, Jim West, Nick Brown and Andy Rickletson. Honorary pallbearers were Larry West, Gary Mooney, Dr. Robert Walton, Ronnie Ward, Phillip Ward, Kenny Ward, Larry Bishop, Bob Stroud and his many friends at the round table at Wyatt's.

An online guestbook is available at

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Floy Beatrice White

Floy Beatrice White, 90, of Fairfield Bay, died Nov. 25, 2010, at the Ozark Health Nursing Home in Clinton.

Born April 3, 1920, in Jasper, Ala., she was the daughter of William and Eula Bartlett Burns. She was an artist and a member of the Church of Christ at Higden. She and her husband were former residents of Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyce C. White; a brother, Roy Burns; a sister, Agnes Anderson; and a granddaughter, Adrianne White.

Survivors include a son, Billy Frank White and wife Rhonda, Cabot; a brother, Bill Burns, Mammoth Spring; a granddaughter, Ashley France; a great-grandson; and special friends, Don and Gloria Savage and Don and Margie Adams.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Olmstead Funeral Home with Carroll Sites officiating. Burial was in Kelly Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Larry Burns, Terry Burns, Danny Walker, Mickey McSpadden, Jerry Oliver and Bob Mallis.

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